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IRELAND NORTHERN IRELAND 5 DAY EXPLORER TOUR.

The tour starts as you arrive in Belfast. Drop off your luggage and start to explore the city! Day One – Belfast – free time to do as you wish. Belfast is teeming with bars, restaurants, clubs and some of the best shopping in the UK. The birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast's industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture, seen at the City Hall, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the city's many preserved historic buildings. Also, the city's many parks, gardens and galleries offer a perfect haven to relax. Don't miss the newly refurbished Ulster Museum; it has an enviable collection of Irish art and the wonderful Girona Exhibition of Spanish Armada gold. Overnight Belfast city centre hotel. 

Day Two - County Down & St. Patrick. Our driver arrives to meet you after breakfast, a quick hello, before driving to County Down. With a history that covers over 7,000 years, County Down is blessed with historic sites and is associated with St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who is reputed to be buried in the cathedral at Downpatrick. A whole day of sightseeing; Downpatrick - Saint Patrick's Town The later seat of the High Kings of Ulster, burial site of the patron saint and medieval capital of County Down, Downpatrick is an essential stop for those interested in saints, scholars and Irish Christian heritage. Spend some time at the Saint Patrick Centre major multimedia exhibition and learn about Patrick’s life. Visit the ancient Down Cathedral beside Saint Patrick’s Grave and then walk to Down Museum which displays artefacts from Patrick’s time. Take a train ride on the only narrow gauge steam railway in Ireland through Saint Patrick’s Country with the Down Railway Museum to Inch Abbey where many of the legends of Patrick were written down in Mediaeval times. Perhaps visit the first church in Ireland at Saul and the first holy wells at Struell with their healing waters, all within a mile of the town. Return to Belfast, overnight here again. 

 

Day Three - County Antrim. Today head to the northern coast of County Antrim. Your destination is the village of Bushmills, famous for its’ distillery – which we will explore. The famous sights of the Northern Coast, including the Giants' Causeway, and the much-photographed cliff top ruins of Dunluce Castle, are just a short drive away. For the more adventurous, we drive to the suspended rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede. We end the day in Ballycastle, overlooking the beach and harbour. 

Day Four - Rathlin Island. Today we have a half day trip to Rathlin Island, six miles off-shore. It is still home to a vibrant community of around seventy people. In the harbour is the Boathouse, where you can discover some of the exciting history, learn about present day island life and see some artefacts from shipwrecks around the island. A short walk round to Mill Bay there's a colony of seals. At the other side of the harbour are two churches where you can admire the architecture. At the west of the island is the RSPB Seabird Centre, where puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes can be seen during the summer months. On a clear day you can see Donegal, the North Antrim coastline, the island of Islay and the Mull of Kintyre. There are many tales of myth and mystery surrounding Rathlin, the most famous tells of Robert the Bruce. Enjoy this half day trip, returning to Ballycastle for free time . Overnight once again Ballycastle.

Day Five - return Belfast. We return to Belfast via the coastal road, making a stop en route at Carrickfergus. The tour ends here in Belfast. Should you wish to stay another night, this can be arranged.


From £605 per person, for 5 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, based on two sharing a double or twin room ensuite. This includes tickets to the new Titanic Visitor Experience and a day trip to Rathlin Island. The tour is available year round, minimum persons on tour = 8, maximum 16. For larger group bookings, or smaller groups with personal driver guide, please enquire; ni5dayexplorer@daleyirishtours.com 

 

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